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U.S. LNG Exports: a Game-changer for Europe? April 18, 2014 / Warsaw

On Tuesday, 15 April 2014, the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) organized a roundtable discussion on “U.S. LNG Exports: a Game-changer for Europe?”

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

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“Two Wheels-Lots of Green” highlights community-based greening initiatives in Pittsburgh August 11, 2012 / Pittsburgh, PA


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As part of the ongoing programming of its Transatlantic Cities Network, GMF's Urban and Regional Policy Program supported Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH), a Pittsburgh community revitalization organization, to host a bike tour highlighting local community efforts to reclaim vacant spaces. Dozens of local residents participated in the bike tour and hundreds more took part in the day's events, which included local vendors and GTECH's community partners.

The event, which took place earlier this year, showcased and celebrated the greening activities that are now widespread throughout the city's neighborhoods. Further, the event created a platform from which participants could advocate on behalf of green infrastructure and transportation options and influence the local policy frameworks that could accommodate both.

Andrew Butcher, CEO of GTECH, describes the potential impact of the day's event:

"With the publicity surrounding this event, we were able to engage public officials and policy makers about the work that we do, and show a diverse group of stakeholders who support this work. This event brought together many diverse individuals and facilitated discussion and potential collaboration, such that we created a platform of advocacy for issues such as alternative transportation and green infrastructure. With our partnership with Bike Pittsburgh, we learned about how to support zoning adjustments that encourage safety and green infrastructure. Finally, by bringing these goals and positions together, we have the opportunity to inform the City of Pittsburgh’s Comprehensive Plan addressing transportation, land use, and open space."

The videos produced from the event highlight a particular greening initiative. GTECH also compiled a video summarizing the day's events.

GMF's support for the event is one aspect of its continuing presence in Midwestern Cities such as Detroit, Pittsburgh, Youngstown, and Cleveland as part of its Cities in Transition initiative and its Transatlantic Cities Network.